Can the White House stop China’s clean energy dominance? — This Week in Cleantech

Can the White House stop China’s clean energy dominance? — This Week in Cleantech

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This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. Produced by Renewable Energy World and Tigercomm, This Week in Cleantech will air every Friday in the Factor This! podcast feed wherever you get your podcasts.

This week’s episode features Kelly Livingston of ABC News who covered the EPA’s new vehicle standards meant to spur the adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles.

This week’s “Cleantecher(s) of the Week” are Michael Tekabe, chief operating officer, and Hayat Bedane, engineering lead at Kubik, an Africa-based startup.

1. Yellen Warns China Against Flood of Cheap Green Energy Exports — The New York Times

The Biden Administration is concerned that China’s subsidized clean energy exports are destabilizing global markets, hurting firms and workers around the world. On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she plans to raise the overcapacity issue with her Chinese colleagues when she visits Beijing in the coming weeks. She argued that it is not economically responsible for one country to dominate global supply chains around solar, EVs, and lithium-ion batteries.

Secretary Yellen spoke at a Suniva solar cell factory in Georgia that had shuttered due to competition from cheap Chinese panels, but has now reopened because of the Inflation Reduction Act.

2. Oil Executives Are Getting Refreshingly Honest These Days — The New Republic

At CERAWeek by S&P Global in Houston, oil and gas industry executives downplayed their belief in a clean energy transition, despite public statements suggesting otherwise. 30% of oil, 50% of gas, and 80% of coal reserves must remain in the ground to limit global warming to 2°C, yet last week Shell and BP both announced they will scale back their plans to reduce emissions. 

3. US Announces $6 Billion to Clean Up Heavy Manufacturing — Bloomberg

The Biden Administration announced $6 billion in grants for 33 projects that will help cut pollution from hard-to-decarbonize industries such as aluminum, cement and concrete, chemicals, iron, steel, and food and beverage. 

The funding will also be allocated toward the first new U.S. aluminum smelter in 45 years. This will revive declining alu

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